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30 Camping tips and hacks using essentials you can find at home

Take advantage of these camping tips and hacks that are a beginner’s guide on using essentials you can find at home to make family camping easy on budget. Find free printable checklist, recyclable projects, food ideas, safety tips, camping games, and dollar store ideas. Have you ever planned to go for a summer camping trip with your family and friends? Does the thought overwhelm you? Me too! Therefore, I decided to bring to you these amazing tips and hacks I found super useful when I was clueless about where to start!

If you are a camper and love to camp and outdoor adventures excite you, you are bound to love these genius ideas. These camping tips and hacks are the best ideas you can incorporate in your trip without spending a lot. However, there are many great outdoor experience camping gears that are perfect and one must buy. Therefore, by saving bucks on simple and smaller essentials the trip becomes for resourceful.

Camping tips and hacks

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Camping essentials for first timers

camping hacks for families

Expensive items that you don’t need and can replace with ordinary gears.

Camping Hacks For Families

camping tips and hacks

Seven handy camping tips using things at home.

Hacking tips infographic (source unavailable)


useful camping hacks ideas

Use fruits instead of marshmallows for kids for easy and mess free fun. Using air bags instead of mattress is easy to prepare, use and take back after camping.

Plus a few more great tips from kids activities blog.

Really Useful Camping Tricks and Hacks for Families


camping tents floor with foam

Tent Camping with Foam Floor Tiles (source unavailable)

Use foam floor tiles in the tent to make for space need and useable comfortable setting. Foam Floor tiles are also handy to use as base for sleeping on the floor. It also reduces the cold from the ground to reach you for a comfortable sleep. Great to use with sleeping bags as well.

Gear line summer camping essentials

This gear line will organize all your essentials in one place. You can find these at dollar store.

idea via unknown source


Make your own tent using these great DIY tent ideas. Lots of creative ideas to excite the kids.

DIY tent ideas


Camping Hacks from experienced campers

use pvc pipe for packing knife for camping

Carrying knives for camping is challenging. Use pvc pipe and caps to make knife holder. Glue the cap on one end and keep one end open. Mark the open end using marker so you know where it opens. Another great idea is to keep Swiss knife handy while traveling and camping.

Camping hacks and tips you wish you knew earlier


Camping Hacks and Information

poison oak plant camping hack

Beware of these dangerous wild plants and learn more about them.

How To Avoid Poison oak Plant While Camping


Water resistant matchsticks box from baby food container.

Save Matchbox from water While Camping

camping hacks and tricks

DIY Single Use Antibiotics Packs for Camping

Use straws to make single pack antibiotic shots. Keep them in an opaque container like first aid box to prevent from sunlight.

individual coffee bags for travel

 Individual Coffee Bags For Camping

Use individual coffee filter bags to make single serve coffee or tea pouches for camping.


stakes DIY for night

 DIY Garden Stakes at Night using candles and sticks.


food for camping

Pancake mix, hamburgers, fries, tortillas, buns, steaks, eggs, pasta, peanut butter, marshmallow, milk, fruit, juice, cheese are a must have for camping.

Top Ten Foods For Family Camping

fire starter for camping

Recycle egg cartons to start a fire.

Fire Starters for Camping

save small items for camping

 Reuse Prescription Bottles for saving small items for camping.

Keep tent clean and comfortable for sleep

how to clean camping tent

 How To Clean Tent

Keeping the tent clean and bug free requires some careful movement in and out of the tent. Once your tent is up, try to keep it zipped up. Minimize entrance and exits to priorities only. Keep a hand broom and dustpan handy for quick wipe out. A hand held vacuum is also effective if you are a neat freak. Use a bug spray to kill any bugs that entered the tent at least 2 hours before you sleep. Make sure you keep the vents open so that the chemical doesn’t stay in!

pool noodle safety trick camping

Use pool noodles at the base of your tent strings to make them visible. This will avoid tripping over and keep you safe.

light for camping

A gallon a water with a headlamp pointing into the water makes a good night lamp for outdoor adventures.

Make Reading Lamp for night Camping


Camping food tips and tricks

campfire food recipe
pancakes while camping
pie iron camp food

Line a pie iron with foil and use it to grill your sandwiches and cook other camp foods. Genius yet so simple idea!

Use pie iron for camp food

Camping organization

camping organizer

Use this door hanging organizer for organizing all the supplies for camping in one place.

Brilliant Camp Kitchen Organizer


organized camping shoe hanger

Use shoe hanger to organize kitchen in the camp

How to setup camp kitchen



Build a rocket stove for camping

Build a rocket stove using tin cans for camping.

DIY camping portable stove

Homemade bug bite relief

DIY anti-itch sticks are perfect for treating the discomfort of pesky bug bites. And are easy to use for adults and kids alike.

Homemade bug bite relief

Tic tac toe containers

Tic tac spice containers take less space in packing and are perfect for on the move.

Plus find more Spice storage solutions at craftionary


Free printables for camp

Sumeer camping printables

Games and activities you can print for kids to keep them entertained in slow hours.

Summer camping printables

Nature scavenger hunt printable
Camping photo ooth props
Outdoor scavenger hunt printable

Outdoor scavenger hunt printable

Summer Camping packing essentials list

Both these lists are very useful so I am sharing them for you to choose which one better suits you.

Best camping pack list printable

Camping pack list


Summer camp packing essentials checklist

50 things to pack for your camping trip

Printable Camping essentials checklist


Dollar store Supplies

Dollar store camping supplies

There’s a lot of camping stuff you can find at dollar store and save money. A trip to dollar store is a must before making the move to the wilderness.

Dollar store camping supplies

solar light centerpiece for travel

Solar light and a pot makes perfect light centerpiece for campers.

solar light centerpiece

Lastly I leave you with a nice collection of camping hacks and tips from ordinary traveler. These are not ideas using home essentials but are a good read.

Genius camping ideas

Please note some links have broken overtime and I have removed them and updated the post with some new handy tips and hacks. I hope you will find these tips, tricks and hacks for camping useful. Start planning smartly and have fun!

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2 responses to “30 Camping tips and hacks using essentials you can find at home”

  1. william says:

    Thank you for your hard work collecting those useful tips, It will help me a lot in the next camping trip with my family 🙂

  2. Roger says:

    wow, that’s quite comprehensive camping tips and hacks, good job Hani.

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